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Pony in the Mist

Few days of the summer months has the South Shore of Nova Scotia had rain. The mornings, day break, is accompanied with a mist that soon burns off. For the most part, that represents the summer participation, few days receive actual rain. Today is special in that the mist has remained heavy into mid morning and a couple good spirts of rain have fallen. If a hurricane were upon us, all would be good; however, no pending hurricane is in the forecast. It is an odd day but also a very relaxed day without a wisp of wind.
We have noted in the past that Welshtown Haven's property is currently occupied with a construction crew and we are in anticipation of this persisting for the next little bit. While a blessing in disguise, it also forces the management team to source an alternate accommodation while performing the yearly review. Due to these dynamics, we have had an opportunity to view the Shelburne area from a slightly different perspective. Also, due to COVID-19, we have faced some extra complications that any travelers from outside the province would have to face. When we get a chance to sit down with our property manager, we will be honing out a game plan, to use going forward if this social isolation / quarantine period persists. In short and in tune with what our March 24th post contemplated, vacationers from out of province will have to consider an extended vacation to make the quarantine period tolerable.

For Welshtown Haven, water is not an issue for occupants. The drilled well pulls from the local aquifer and will provide cold water, as long as the local lakes exist. Food however is a different thing. If you think you will be able to forage for your family, I fear the local deer and porcupines will have beaten you to the good stuff. Any vacationer needs a solid support network that will fetch groceries for you and your family. For Shelburne, the most direct source of food is Sobeys; however, being hooked up with the right support network will provide you access to locally grown food as well as a wider array of grocery stores. Again, for us, we'll be sitting down with our property manager to try and hone out a plan going forward for those who wish to book an extended stay at Welshtown Haven. 

Waking up to an apple eating monster that neighs when the recent crop of dead fall runs out is a pleasure. While I'd not classify our current accommodations as a Homestead or Hobby Farm, it is alive with animals. The neighbors also have such pets and down the road farm fresh eggs are available for $4.00/dozen. While the egg neighbor lacks Ponies or a Horse, they do have three pigs. Could Welshtown Haven somehow replicate this type of experience? We have often considered the dynamics and unfortunately, no. Our property, set inland a bit will have to persist in allowing the local deer to graze upon our backyard as our only viable alternative. Over time, we would like to evolve our property, expanding our guests experience but, so far, all we've been able to provide is an All Season, Weekly Rental Vacation House. Guests will have to do a bit of exploring to immerse themselves properly. Through our BLOGS, we will continue to attempt to provide some insight or clues that a tourist could explore.


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